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Yamaha MG166CX Stereo Mixer with Effects

The Yamaha MG166CX features 16 channels, 6 buses, and all the outstanding digital effects you'll need built right in. (39) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Whether you have a mixing applications that involves only a few channels, or up to 32 inputs with substantial signal routing versatility, Yamaha's MG-series offers a console that will give you the capacity, control, and performance you deserve. All models are remarkably compact and lightweight for superior handling and portability, but absolutely no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability.

The MG mixers offer an extraordinary blend of technology: some inherited from professional Yamaha mixing consoles you're likely to see in distinguished halls throughout the world, and some developed specifically to deliver optimum performance in the MG-console format. In either case these performance-packed mixers are founded on a world-spanning network of human and technological resources that crystallize to deliver features that really matter, and sound that is undeniably superior.

Features

- 16 input channels
- High Quality mic preamp
- 10 Mics + 4 Stereo line inputs
- HPF
- 8 insert I/O
- 6 Compressors
- Phantom power switch (+ 48V)
- Illuminated CH ON switches
- 3 band Mid-sweep EQ (Ch 1-8)
- 60 mm Super smooth fader
- 3 band EQ (Ch 9/10-15/16)
- SPX Digital multi effect
- 6 busses (Stereo + 4 groups)
- Monitor mix
- 2 Aux sends + 1 Effect send
- Light weight (5.5 kg)
- 1 Stereo Aux return
- 12-seg LED level meter
- Neutrik XLR Connectors
- Rack Mountable
- Input gain trim

Lightweight, Portable Designs

Designing a lightweight mixer is not too difficult, but designing a lightweight, compact mixer that delivers serious performance is another matter. The Yamaha design team went to extraordinary lengths in the MG series, including in-depth material and structural analysis, to bring you maximum manageability and maximum performance in the same packages. The result is that you can easily pop the smallest models into your briefcase or shoulder bag and take with you anywhere. Even the larger models can be tucked under an arm and carried around quite easily. But the performance you'll get at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere you choose to use these fine mixers is far from lightweight. Every one of the MGseries mixers provides significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.

Versatile Connectivity and Pro-class Connectors

MG mixer connector panel Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. All models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors on mono microphone/line channels and XLR-equipped stereo channels. These professional-class connectors were subjected to extensive testing by the Yamaha design team, and were chosen for the MG mixers for their superior reliability and sonic qualities. The XLR-equipped stereo channels can accept mono microphone input either via the XLR or phone jack connectors. The remaining stereo channels provide phone jack and pin jack connectors for compatibility with a wide range of sources. Mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pinjack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.

Built-in Channel Compressors

MG Channel CompressorThis advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound, as well as to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. You won't find built-in channel compression on too many other mixers in this class, but in the MG mixers you have Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on several of the mono input channels. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and timeconsuming to set appropriately for a given source. Yamaha's one-knob compressor eliminates the need for an engineering degree with a single control that lets you simply dial in the amount of compression you want.

High-Performance Mic Preamplifiers

MG Series Phantom ButtonMicrophone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. The microphone preamps built into the MG mixers inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles, and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Gain trim covers a wide -60dB ~ -16dB range for microphones (-34dB ~ +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.

3-Band Channel EQ and High-pass Filters

Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. You reap the benefits in the MG series mixers: all mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls. Depending on the model some of all of the stereo channels have 2-band EQ for smooth equalization of stereo sources. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80 Hz low-pass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range.

Built-in Digital Effects ("CX" Models)

There's an astonishing amount of signal processing power packed into the compact chassis of the MG "CX" mixers. They incorporate a versatile digital multi-effect processor that provides a range of reverb, delay, modulation, and distortion programs you can use to refine and define your sound. Each of the 16 effect programs has a number of editable parameters as well as effect on/off switching capability and return level control. You can even blend the effects into the aux sends for "wet" monitoring, so the performers can hear the effects too. If you need to keep both hands free to play an instrument or perform other operations, an optional footswitch can be connected to the mixer's effect footswitch jack for convenient on/off switching.

Aux/Effect Send

All models except the MG82CX have from one to three AUX sends for convenient to processing and monitor systems. Master send controls are also provided, as are Return level controls for the AUX and Stereo busses. "CX" models have Effect send controls on all channels that adjust the level of the signal sent from the corresponding channel to the mixer's internal multi-effect system. The same signal can also be sent to external effect processors via the mixer's Effect Send jack.

Two, Four or Six Buses (Stereo and Group)

The smallest models in the lineup - the MG82CX and MG102C - have a single stereo bus (i.e. two mono buses). All other models additionally feature one or two stereo group buses and outputs that can be used for convenient channel grouping. Assign switches for the stereo and group buses are located next to each channel fader.

Smooth 60-millimeter Faders & Illuminated Channel ON Switches

While the MG82CX and MG102C feature rotary faders, channel and master level control on all other models is accomplished via reliable, high-performance 60-millimeter linear faders that provide smooth, noise-free operation. When you have more than a few channels the direct visual indication of relative level settings can be an important advantage. Models with linear faders also feature illuminated channel ON switches that can be used to individually add or remove channels from the mix without having to change the positions of the channel faders.

Bright Meters for Visual Level Monitoring

Accurate visual level monitoring can help you achieve maximum signal-to-noise ratio without distortion. The MG mixer's bright, easy-to-read multi-segment LED meters make it easy to control system levels for optimum overall performance.

Optional Mic Stand Mount for the MG82CX and MG102C

Both the MG82CX and MG102C can be mounted on a microphone stand for optimal positioning and easy access using the optional BMS-10A Mic Stand Adaptor. This can be particularly handy when using one of them as a sub-mixer for drums or as a cue box in recording situations.

Easy Operation

All switches, controls, and displays have been designed and laid out for intuitive access and smooth, reliable operation with positive tactile and visual feedback.

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If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "It really does offer the best quality, the best sound, the best value.... Do your homework and you will purchase this board."
Sound: The sound , spedcially the pre-mics are the best. I was forced to use a Bheringer for the lst 5 years and I think my ear became accoustomed to the so-so sound. The first dasy we set up with this new board.... every sound that went through the Yamaha board came alive! Feature: Everything it offers is top notch. I like the "One Knob Compression" a lot, easy to use and maskes a big difference. The one thing that would make this board the absolute best would be a 4 aux. send instead of just 2 for monitor mixes. Ease of Use: Very straight forward. Quality: Seems to be solid..... still pretty new to tell. Value: Great price and love the ZZounds 4 payment deal! Manufacturer Support: N/A Overall: This board will work for me for a long time..... When I upgrade I hope they offer a 20 XLR board with compression and effects.
Style of Music: Music that actual musicians enjoy playing.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Live band workhorse!"
Sound: I have been though my share of mixers for my band , looking for the best bang for the buck for nlive sound! I have found it, this board is a dream for small to medium gigs and outdoor events, it has fantastic preamps they really blew me away with there clarity, the channel E3Qs work very well and the one knob compressor is very handy on vocals. In a word everything you need is here, aux sends etc...just great! I owned a mackie and behringer before this and this is a better buy in this price range, the behringer seems ok because its packed with "toys" that mqake it seem better than what it is, in the end the pre amps tell the story and if you wanty your baqnd to sound good this is thye mixer to get! Feature: The features I like best about this board are the onboard compression knobs which really do work well! and the built in FX, no, there not lexicon quality but they are more than good enough for any live performance, cant complain here.Also this board is so light maybe ten pounds! it adds no weight to my rack! Ease of Use: its a mixer this one is very well laid out and the manuel is good, its easy to use Quality: So far so good, however it does have alot of plastic parts so be carefull, I would not want to drop it thats why I keep it racked, but the workings of it are fine, just feels like it could be damaged if knocked around.. Value: On board compression? Built in FX, 10 XLR inputs, group outs, monitor outs? its a great value and well worth the price! Manufacturer Support: Not Needed The Wow Factor: For a live band who plays the local club circuit this is the best mixer to get in the price range, everything you need is here...go get it! Overall: Hopefully with care this mixer will be the last one I need for a long time, I have no plans to replace this or try anything else, yamaha speaks for themselves, they make great equipment, if it were stolen yes I would replace it !
Style of Music: Rock/ Classic rock
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